The best Christmas I've ever 'celebrated' was in 1985, in Baghdad. For a Muslim-dominated country, Iraq (at that time) was an open society, much liberal that some of Asian and European nations.
Held at the Babylon Hotel, the guests of honor were deputy premier Ezzat Ibrahim and Saddam Hussein's right hand man Tareq Aziz, a Catholic. It was grand. Whether they are Muslims, Christians or others, they were joined in one harmonic party.
To Malaysians, Christmas is our festival too. We are most fortunate to have so many festivals - for all religions. Be proud of it.
To my Christian friends - home and abroad - I sincerely wish you Merry X'mas and a Happy New Year.
However, my deepest sympathy goes to the family of Uncle Peter, 81, who passed away on the eve of Christmas. They live just two doors from my house. It must be a 'no Christmas' for them. May God have mercy on him and bless his soul...